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Today's News

  • US authorizes American evacuations out of Japan

    WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States has authorized the first evacuations of Americans out of Japan, taking a tougher stand on the deepening nuclear crisis and warning U.S. citizens to defer all non-essential travel to any part of the country as unpredictable weather and wind conditions risked spreading radioactive contamination.

  • Wiring glitch yields lunch hour gridlock Wednesday

    Significant traffic backups in the townsite Wednesday were the result of malfunctioning temporary traffic signals being installed as part of road reconstruction work at Diamond Drive and Trinity Drive.

    Installation of the temporary signals began at 9 a.m. and work in the intersection was anticipated to last 30 minutes to an hour.

  • Senate approves state budget that cuts spending

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — State spending will be cut 2.7 percent next year under a $5.4 billion budget proposal the New Mexico Senate approved Wednesday.

    Sen. John Arthur Smith, a Deming Democrat and Finance Committee chairman, said the budget was balanced without worker layoffs or furloughs, and without a general tax increase.

  • NM Senate OKs bill to give schools A-to-F grades

    SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) — A proposal by Republican Gov. Susana Martinez to assign grades from A to F to rate New Mexico's public schools cleared the Senate on Wednesday.

    Supporters said the grades will provide better information to parents about the quality of their local schools.

  • Nuclear crisis a tangle of ominous, hopeful signs

    FUKUSHIMA, Japan (AP) — Nuclear plant operators trying to avoid complete reactor meltdowns said Thursday that they were close to finishing a new power line that could end Japan's crisis, but several ominous signs have also emerged: a surge in radiation levels, unexplained white smoke and spent fuel rods that U.S. officials said might be on the verge of spewing more radioactive material.

  • Feds deploy more radiation monitors in western US

    SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — More radiation monitors are being deployed in the western United States and Pacific territories, as officials seek to mollify public concern over exposure from damaged nuclear plants in Japan, federal environmental regulators said.

    The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency already monitors radiation throughout the area as part of its RadNet system, which measures levels in air, drinking water, milk and rain.

  • Gridlock in Los Alamos
  • Japanese choppers dump water on stricken reactor--video added

    ZAO, Japan (AP) — Military helicopters dumped loads of seawater onto Japan's stricken nuclear complex Thursday, turning to combat-style tactics while trying to cool overheated uranium fuel that may be on the verge of spewing out more radiation.

    Plant operators also said they were racing to finish a new power line that could restore cooling systems and ease the crisis at the Fukushima Dai-ichi plant on the country's northeast coast.

  • Japan nuclear emergency workers to return to plant

    FUKUSHIMA, Japan— Emergency workers forced to retreat from a tsunami-stricken Japanese nuclear power plant when radiation levels soared prepared to return Wednesday night after emissions dropped to safer levels.
    The pullback cost precious time in the fight to prevent a nuclear meltdown, further escalating a crisis spawned by last week’s devastating earthquake and tsunami that pulverized Japan’s northeastern coast and likely killed more than 10,000 people.

  • NNSA deploys team to Japan

     The National Nuclear Security Administration, a semi-autonomous agency within the U.S. Department of Energy, has released photographs and video of its Consequence Management Response Teams deploying from Nellis Air Force Base in Las Vegas, Nevada, to assist Japanese efforts in the response to the March 11 earthquake and tsunami.